A student of mine has supposedly had a few problems installing sage on his mac so this blog post is going to be a full and detailed description of me attempting to install it myself from scratch including all the mistakes I make along the way.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with sage it is an open source math package built on python. I've discovered it over the past 6 months or so and can't speak highly enough of it. It's a brilliant open-source alternative to Maple, Mathematica, Matlab etc...
For info I have a modest understanding of computing. I run ubuntu on my box at work (and have installed sage without a problem there) but in no way consider myself a computer expert... So hopefully this post will be an "idiot's walkthrough" of the installation process (or failure there of).
Here's a screen shot of my computer's system:
First things first I navigate to www.sagemath.org:
- Firstly a neat little sage icon popped up:
- Then the sage icon turned up in my dock:
- Finally a browser window appeared: